Chelimo slams heat, pollution after Asiad marathon gold

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Chelimo’s gold continued Bahrain’s recent Asian Games success in the marathon after Eunice Kirwa and Hasan Mahboob — both also born in Kenya — won the women’s and men’s titles in 2014.Despite smashing her rivals in a slow race to take gold, Chelimo admitted that Jakarta’s heat and poor air quality had caused her problems.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It was bad, it was too hot,” the 29-year-old told AFP. “I felt something in my throat too. The air here, you feel like it’s hard to breathe.“I felt like I wasn’t going to finish but I found some morale and hope to keep going. Thank God I finished with no harm.” Nogami bit her tongue when asked if she had any sore feelings about being beaten by a runner born in Kenya.“Maybe, but she came first regardless of her nationality,” said the Japanese runner.“Perhaps I should just focus on my own shortcomings.”Nogami, whose countryman Hiroto Inoue won the men’s marathon a day earlier, also complained about the heat despite the early morning start.“When I threw my sunglasses away late in the race my eyes were really stinging,” she said.“I felt then it was because of the air pollution but to be honest the heat was worse.”Kirwa followed her Asian Games gold medal with a silver at the Rio Olympics two years ago and Chelimo signalled her intent to race at the 2020 Tokyo Games — mindful that severe heat could be a factor.“I’m planning to go for gold in Tokyo,” she said. “I hope all will be well.” Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Chelimo had already crossed the finish line when Japan’s Keiko Nogami entered the stadium to claim silver over a minute and a half behind. North Korea’s Kim Hye Song took bronze.“But I’m very proud to be the Asian champion,” said Chelimo, one of 10 siblings who captured the world title in London last year. “I just spoke to my family on the phone and they were all praying for me,” added the gold medallist, who grew weary of the snail’s pace the leaders were running at to break away after 25km.“I planned to break away around 35km but I saw my chance and decided to go for it,” said Chelimo.“Nobody followed me so I continued to push the pace and then I was on my own.” ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo reacts after winning the women’s marathon athletics event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 26, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Juni KriswantoWorld champion Rose Chelimo made light of brutal conditions on Sunday to scoop Asian Games gold for Bahrain with a runaway win in the women’s marathon.The Kenyan-born athlete produced a devastating break from the leading pack after the 25-kilometre mark in Jakarta and ploughed a lonely furrow as she crossed the line to win in a modest time of two hours, 34.51 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT ‘One of those weeks’: Woods doing well except with putter DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more